15 Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

When it comes to selling your home, there is always plenty of talk about curb appeal or getting the home ready for showings or pictures. Many homeowners know the old standbys of baking cookies or adding a few plants around the house, but if you want to your home to sell, you likely need to step up your game. So where to start? No worries, we have made as easy as possible with x tips for getting your home ready to sell.

15 Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

  1. Update the landscaping. Sometimes a simple mow and blow will be more than plenty to make your yard and landscaping look new. You can take additional steps such as new straw or mulch, adding a few shrubs in bare areas or re-sodding dead areas. It will make a world of difference in your home’s curb appeal.
  2. Clean your siding. A good old fashioned power wash can remove years of dirt and debris from your siding and make it like new again. Rent a power washer yourself or hire a professional. Watch the pressure, you just want to clean your exterior, not remove it.
  3. Add a new coat of paint. Depending on the conditions of your home’s exterior, this could just be on the door or the whole exterior. A fresh coat of paint will take years off your home’s appearance.
  4. Liven up your porch or front entrance. A few potted plants, some wind chimes and a new welcome mat will make your home appear cozy right out of the gate.
  5. Repair/replace roof. Not many prospective home buyers want a home that will need roof work. Have your roof repaired or replaced before listing.
  6. Clean your carpets. Professional carpet cleaners can be in and out in a day. A must if you want your home to appear fresh and clean.
  7. Clean/patch walls. Patch any drywall holes and repaint any areas that appear stained, old, or dingy.
  8. Declutter. An area with minimal furnishings will make rooms appear cleaner and bigger.
  9. People like it bright. Replace harsh, or old bulbs. You want all areas of the house to appear bright. Choose warm colors over blues.
  10. More plants. Potted plants around the home give a calming natural feel to the home. Try to get at least one piece of greenery in every major room.
  11. R-caulk the bathrooms. Old caulk just looks dirty and unappealing. Re-caulk any areas that are faded, stained, dirty, peeling or just don’t look right.
  12. Use whites and neutrals. Don’t try to pick a color scheme for potential buyers. Using white and light-colored neutrals will allow potential buyers to play around with their future options.
  13. Focus on the kitchen. Kitchens are arguably the most important room in the home and play a large part on appeal. Repaint any worn out cabinets, add new hardware like knobs, replace ancient taps, repair nasty grout and address any other issues. You want the kitchen to be clean and inviting
  14. Switch out light plates. A quick and low-cost way to make your home look updated.
  15. Bake cookies. Just do it!

Using these tips and other suggestions are a surefire way to get ahead of the competition. Good luck on getting your home on the market and sold!

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